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Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the U.S.

In the United States Prescription Painkillers are used by those who have been prescribed the drug and those who choose to abuse the drug using it for recreational purposes, even those prescribed the drug can get out of control with its use. As a result of Medical Doctors handing out painkiller prescriptions to most patients with aches and pains, as well as those who foolishly abuse these drugs there is an increase mortality rate associated with prescription painkillers. Nation statistics show an average of 15,000 deaths per year as a result of prescription painkillers. When people misuse and abuse such powerful drugs it is expected there be devastating effects.

Commonly Abused Prescription Painkillers

  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone

When abused these drugs are looked at as a public epidemic, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

Fun and Games along with Misconceptions Will Result in Devastation

One out of every twenty Americans (ages 12 years and older) admits to using prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes, just to get high. As of 2010 there was nearly 2 million Americans admitting to the misuse of prescription painkillers.

Many look at their misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers as all fun and games, a fast way to create a new high. Countless numbers of Americans are under the false idea that taking prescription painkillers is safer that using illicit drugs for the purpose of getting high, they are very wrong. When misusing prescription drugs, such as painkillers, they can be just as deadly as any illicit drug on the streets.

The Risk of Painkiller Overdose

There are risks involves when using any substance for purposes to get high, but when using a prescription painkiller the risk of overdose is drastically increased. The individual doesn’t see a clear limit, they continue its use to maintain their high. As the drugs affect the body their breathing is slowed and risk of death is increased. In 2009 there was nearly a half a million people who received emergency treatment for misuse or abuse of prescription medications. While some individuals make it to the emergency room on time, others do not and ultimately pay the stiffest tool for their foolish abuse of prescription pain killers.  In 2008 there was 15,000 deaths related to prescription painkiller misuse and abuse, that’s 30,000 parents who had to bury their child. The effects of misusing and abusing prescription painkillers does not just hurt the individual but all those around them.

Stopping the Problem with Painkiller Rehab Programs

With such an increase in deaths, Medical Doctors are starting to put tighter ropes on their prescription pads, making sure that they are not feeding an prescription painkiller abuse or addiction problem. If you or someone you know is abusing prescription painkillers it is time to stop,  a Rehab Center can help.